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Polymer Science

Polymer science is an interdisciplinary field that combines elements of chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

What Does a Polymer Scientist Do?

  • Design and develop new materials for existing applications
  • Develop new approaches to old problems
  • Determine the right materials for a given purpose
  • Develop new processes to make materials
  • Work toward solutions to important problems


The first two years of coursework are focused on foundational courses such as chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Entering the junior year, students are immersed in polymer specific courses covering both fundamental and applied polymer science. Courses covering topics such as polymer organic chemistry, problem-solving, coatings, and biopolymers prepare our students for potential careers or advanced study in graduate school.

All students participate in at least one year of research under the guidance of one of our faculty members.  Students work on solutions to real problems, participating on research teams funded by industry or government grants.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available with this major.

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Students gain valuable knowledge and learn applied skills that employers and graduate schools value. Approximately half of our graduates pursue graduate or professional education. Those that enter the workforce often have positions prior to graduation.

Our students have a 95% placement rate with employers such as Chevron, GE Aviation, and Solvay.
Students further their study at institutions such as Case Western Reserve University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Florida, and the University of Illinois.

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